Trader faces trial for making obscene gesture at policeman

A Penang businessman was charged with four offences after being arrested at midnight on Friday.

GEORGE TOWN: A businessman was charged today with making an obscene gesture at a policeman, trying to evade arrest, riding against traffic and violating the movement control order at midnight on Friday.

M. Mathialagan, 40, pleaded not guilty to all four charges relating to the alleged offences at 12.15am on April 3

He was charged with:

  • making an obscene gesture in the form of showing his middle finger to police officer Jyillson Mudi, and
  • using foul language at Mudi in front of the Jalan Patani police station.

The charge carries a penalty of a fine, up to five years’ jail or both.

  • obstructing a civil servant from conducting his duties by acting aggressively and making an escape from arrest, at the same location.

The charge carries a maximum sentence of a fine of up to RM10,000, two years’ jail¬† or both.

  • defying the movement control order by moving from his home in Pengkalan Weld to Lebuhraya Dr Lim Chong Eu without a valid reason.

The offence carries a maximum fine of RM1,000 or up to six months’ jail or both.

  • riding his motorcycle against the traffic in a reckless manner and endangering the lives of other road users on Lebuhraya Dr Lim Chong Eu.

The charge under the Road Transport Act provides for a fine of between RM5,000 and RM15,000 and a maximum jail term of five years.

Mathialagan was allowed bail of RM12,000.

3 teenage boys among 10 charged

Three teenage boys were among 10 people who pleaded guilty today with violating the movement control order.

The court postponed sentencing for the three boys, aged between 16 and 18, pending a behaviour report from the Welfare Department

Three men were fined RM1,000 or two months’ jail; two others were fined RM500 or a month’s jail; the sixth was fined RM300 or 14 days’ imprisonment, while a 21-year-old man was sentenced to three months’ jail for refusing to obey an order to go back into his home at Kampung Tawau Lama at 8.50pm on April 3.